Britain has the most severe gun control laws in the world. But is gun control a good thing or a bad thing? Let's look at some of the common arguments for and against the right to own a gun.

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Britain has the most severe gun control laws in the world. Handguns or pistols are banned for civilians, even for sports purposes. You must get a certificate from the police to own a shotgun or a rifle for hunting, and the certificates aren't easy to get. In the year 2001-2002, gun crime increased in Britain by 35%. New statistics released this week show that the increase is slowing down, only 3% for this year so far. But in the first week of October, gun killings made the British news headlines almost every day. But, is gun control a good thing or a bad thing? Let's look at some of the common arguments for and against the right to own a gun.


Guns prevent crime. Criminals will think twice before robbing the house of someone with a gun. The police can't keep order so people need guns to protect themselves. If you take away their guns, innocent people will suffer because they won't be able to defend themselves.


If guns prevent crime then why doesn't the USA have the lowest crime rate in the world? Guns don't protect you. Statistics show that you are more likely to be shot if you have a gun in the house. And the person who gets shot is more likely to be the householder than the intruder.


People always talk about gun control after massacres like Hungerford or a school killing like Columbine in the USA. The people who do these things are mentally ill. You can't legislate against what these people might do. The actions of one 'madman' shouldn't be used to make everyone else criminals too.


In the majority of these 'massacre' killings, the murderer got the guns either from his or her own home or from the home of a member of the family. And the guns were usually legal. If the guns weren't available it wouldn't have happened. It's as simple as that.


Most people who have guns are responsible law abiding citizens. They use them to hunt or for sport. They store their guns carefully and know how to use them. They aren't a danger to anyone else.


Every year, thousands of children die in accidents involving guns in their own homes. Why not use the new generation of 'smart' guns that can only be used by the owner, through, for example, fingerprint recognition? The technology is available, but gun makers and gun owners don't want to use it.


A gun is only a tool. It doesn't kill by itself. People kill, not guns. Are you going to ban knives next?


Guns and knives are not the same. You can kill many more people with a gun than a knife. And with a gun, the killing is depersonalised. You can kill people from a distance without seeing the consequences.


Thousands of people are killed every year by cars, but we don't ban cars.


Cars weren't invented to kill people. Guns were.


There are too many gun laws already which make life difficult for law-abiding gun owners. We need more severe penalties for criminals who use guns, not restrictions on normal people. Give the criminals longer prison sentences and leave the rest of us alone.


Tougher penalties won't stop serious criminals from using guns. A cocaine dealer already faces a long prison sentence if he is caught. We need to stop them getting hold of the guns in the first place. We need to break down the gun-owning culture.


People have the right to carry guns. In many countries, (the USA for example) it's a right that goes back hundreds of years. Why should the government interfere in the lives of ordinary citizens?


The world was a different place hundreds of years ago. Machine guns didn't exist for a start. And obviously, if the rights of an individual makes life dangerous for other people, then that right should be taken away.


If gun control is such a good thing, why have British gun crime figures increased and not decreased?


Gun crime is in the news at the moment, but it's still a very small percentage of the total of recorded crimes in Britain, less than half a per cent. And most of this crime is connected with members of criminal groups, such as drug gangs. It's a problem, but it certainly isn't caused by gun control.




I am anti gun . I think guns shoud be owned by duty people for example : polices, servicemen . If normal people have the right to own gun, it's easy to make a mistake with it. I do love this article.

I am an anti-gun. On top of that, there are a lot of killings from intended or unintended in the world every day. I feel terrible to hear that a young kid killed his or her parent with a gun because it is disastrous and devastating to the child as well as the family. I think there are way crueler accidents happening when we are allowed to have guns than when we aren't. Therefore, I totally disagree about letting us have a gun.

I'm one of the pro gun. We should use the gun under suitable law. Actually gun is very small thing to use to kill in crime in the present. So gun will be a tool for protection.

"People kill, not guns." This is a wrong belief. Firstly people kill with guns. This is a terrible think that the person -even you dont know- have gun sitting next to you.
Licence is not important for gang members or some murderer. You have to block illegal gun selling. Illegal traffic must be prohibited. This is only way to feel safer.

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Hello. It's an interesting article where both the two parties seem to be right. By the way, I disagree with gun owning right. Governments should prevent people from getting means to commit evil things such as killing. Seing how people fight easily because of ridiculous things in my country, they could easily use guns if gun owning was free, and people would perish easily because of unimportant things.

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for me guns have to be ban, because people won´t be able to take the life to an other person so easy as wiht a gun, beacause anyone can kill with a gun.

This article is interesting, it show us many opinions aobut gun-control, arguments for and agnaist.
For me, I think the guns need to be banned for citizen. People need to be prepared for using a gun. The police and arm force are prepared for this.